Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kawaii Melody Nailart workshop

Here's some pix from the Melody-Pro Nailart workshop last Saturday. The girls had lots of fun learning the kawaii Nailart~ 

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I was amazed because the girls only started on the Melody Head in the late afternoon, and they were able to produced the nailart themselves in just after 2+ hours of teaching & hands on. Principal Rachel, managed to teach everyone in such a way that everyone was able to actually make Melodys that are so Kawaii!! ... in 2+ hours!! 

 
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Principal Rachel, went round to each student individually after the demo session and re-demo to each girls one by one... I think she made every girl a My Melody to take home as a sample to learn and practice after class!! Such detailed teaching...( T.T)/  

    


My own afterthoughts.....

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I had many afterthoughts following this workshop... I guess i was comparing it with my own experience while attending a similar Kitty Melody Nailart class. I was envious of the nailart that the girls managed to do at the end of this workshop even thought some of them were new to using the acrylic system... 
Just thought to share my own thoughts based on my own personal experience... before I signed up with PinkRoom, I actually went to a similar type of workshop overseas conducted by a Japanese teacher.


I was really excited about going for the workshop as it was my first time taking a nail course overseas. However, upon reaching the venue, I realised that maybe my expectations were too high! There was so many people in my class, I was unable to see the demo by the trainer. We had to crowd around the small table while trying to get a best view during the short demo session... and of course after the demo, the trainer was not able to attend to us individually to demo to each and everyone of us at our table. She might be tired or there was a language barrier... 

By the late afternoon of the second day, we had not learn anything on Kitty or Melody. The trainer managed to squeeze in the last few hours to demo & show us the steps to do the Hello Kitty and My Melody design. I had no idea why she taught the 2 most important designs in the last few hours of our 2 day course. Maybe she didn't have enough time as the class was too big? Or she had to spilt the class into two groups & demo twice? Or too much time was spent translating? I do not know which... But I know that there wasn't any time for us to hands on to do the Melody nailart after the demo. 

I guess for trainers who are invited from overseas to teach locally, it is a norm to have to teach such a huge number of students per class. I guess it would makes no sense to have a small class when the organizers had to pay for all the trainer's expenses to come over. I never thought of this point before i joined the class. 


My main reason for joining the class was that the trainer was not local, she was from Japan! I guess most of the people there jumped at this chance since Japan is famous for their kawaii nailart. This is another point I over-looked. The Japanese Trainer taught everything in Japanese... with a translator. I felt that most of the important pointers were lost in translation. As there were people from all over the world attending the same class, a lot of the time was wasted on translating from Japanese to their local language to  English. At the end, I feel that I didn't learn as much as I thought I would, coz I was still unable to produce the nailart taught during class. Given the price that I'd paid, it was quite disappointing. I paid a big lump sum for the 2-day nailart workshop, not including my air tickets, lodging and food etc... The amount of money i spent on these overseas classes, is nearly triple of what the price of PinkRoom's Kawaii Nail Art Workshops. (Mainly from the hidden cost involved before and after the workshop).

Apart from the language barrier, I realised that I did not have any one to turn to after the workshop. For example, when I was doing a particular nailart, and I couldn't get it right, I had to try and try again to figure it myself. As I reflect and compare, students from PinkRoom could facebook message Rachel any time after the workshop... She answers each and every questions and would comment on their nailart or give encouragement for them to improve on...  The classes are always kept at a class size that the trainer can manage, usually after the demo each student would also get a one-to-one demo and correction at her desk throughout the class session. 




One thing I really must point out is the amount of experience Principal Rachel have in the field of teaching. She seemed to be able to teach even the most "stupid" of us girls in the class... I think it's because she had been in the education line & teaching forever (she was teaching in a local polytechnic for years prior to PinkRoom); she has her way of explaining to let us understand how to achieve that nailart technique. She has different ways of teaching different girls, maybe as we all have different levels of comprehension and "stupid-ness"... Also, I think she is mega-patient... anyone else would most probably just vomit blood and die on the spot with all our cute "dumbness"... hahahaaa!! 

I've come to realise that it doesn't mean that overseas trainers are better, nor does it mean that you will learn more stuff just because it's more expensive. Ultimately, it's how skilled the trainer is in the profession of teaching, and how willing the trainer is to teach, and how much she cares and wants to share more than your course fees. 


 I'm sharing my personal experience cause I've been to both different workshops - overseas and  PinkRoom's. And I saw a vast difference in the attention given and how much i had learnt from each. Thanks for reading my thoughts!! 

Signing off,
~a kawaii pinkroom.gal~


Read more about the previous Kitty Desserts Nailart workshop & 
more blog entries on similar classes by PRINA.Club.

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